Keir Starmer QC has been appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath for services to law and criminal justice. Keir was Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) from 2008 to 2013 and has made a number of notable contributions to law and criminal justice at home and overseas.
Keir’s raft of contributions to the legal world have been widely recognised in the media and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2005 he won the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith Award for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work in challenging the death penalty across the Caribbean and also in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi.
In his role, Keir subsumed responsibility for all criminal prosecution cases in England and Wales. During his term of office he oversaw many complex cases, most notably; the DPP’s guidelines on Assisted Suicide; the various cases in which members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords were charged with criminal offences, and the successful retrial of the Stephen Lawrence case.
Keir made determined efforts to confront difficult policy issues head-on, publishing public-facing guidelines on matters such as; violence against women and girls; freedom of the press; social media, and child sex abuse.
He was named QC of the year in the field of human rights and public law in 2007 by the Chambers and Partners directory.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Public Prosecutions, he served as the human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland.
The impact of Keir’s work has been felt both nationally and internationally. This combined with his fervent commitment to pro bono work undoubtedly makes him an ideal candidate to receive what many regard as the most prestigious award a British person can receive.
Keir is now back in private practice, specialising in international law cases at Doughty Street Chambers. With such a great record of achievement, the news of his knighthood in the 2014 New Year Honours List has been well-received.